pal·​met·​to | \ pal-ˈme-(ˌ)tō also pä- How to pronounce palmetto (audio) , päl-, pȯ-, pȯl- \
plural palmettos or palmettoes

Definition of palmetto

1 : any of several usually low-growing fan-leaved palms especially : cabbage palmetto
2 : strips of the leaf blade of a palmetto used in weaving

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Recent Examples on the Web This historic area, dotted with old oak trees, palmettos, and homes that have been in families for generations, feels forgotten, the people said., "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 22 Nov. 2019 Hilton Head Island, a 45-minute drive from Savannah and 2.5-hour drive from Charleston, is a small coastal town covered in lush forests dripping in Spanish moss and dotted with palmetto trees. Jessica Puckett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why You Should Visit Hilton Head Island in the Fall," 14 Nov. 2019 Today, the former showroom in Charleston’s historic quarter, hidden on a narrow lane of row houses blazing with pink blossoms and palmetto trees, serves as the home of the Old Slave Mart Museum. Tyrone Beason, Los Angeles Times, "Slavery’s descendants say a reparations check won’t make the pain go away," 18 Aug. 2019 Other flavors are watermelon Americano, harvest pear palmetto and black cherry bicicletta. Allison Steele,, "Portable Negronis and spritzes to sip at the beach or pool," 28 June 2018 The Seminole tribes drove out much of European settlement in the 1700s, becoming the primary ranchers of Florida and allowing huge herds to roam wild in the wetlands, palmetto plains and grassy prairies. Vincent Crampton,, "Explore Florida's Hardee County: Where Cracker history finds a home," 6 May 2018 French liquors, of course, dominate many of the recipes, but there are three cocktails on draft, two of which are rum, which firmly remembers that this is a Charleston bar after all and there are palmetto trees lining King Street. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Bars in Charleston," 1 May 2018 Among the decorations is one of South Carolina’s famous palmettos, which is the official state tree. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "Bargain hunter paid $20 for old South Carolina teapot. It auctioned for $800,000! | Charlotte Observer," 25 Feb. 2018 Stylized floral beading evoked magnolias and water lilies sculpted the sides of the bodice, while intersecting trails of palmetto fronds defined the basque waistline and lattice through the skirt. Sue Strachan,, "The Atlanteans ball celebrates Louisiana," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of palmetto

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for palmetto

modification of Spanish palmito, from palma palm, from Latin

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“Palmetto.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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pal·​met·​to | \ pal-ˈme-tō How to pronounce palmetto (audio) \
plural palmettos or palmettoes

Kids Definition of palmetto

: a low-growing palm with leaves shaped like fans

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